One woman in a blazer sits and listens to another woman

Searching for your first job in the UK?

Get support
Share this

We support refugees to find their first job in the UK. If you are unemployed, we will work with you to build your understanding of the UK job market.

We can also support you to create your CV, write cover letters, and apply for jobs. We will make sure that you become confident to apply for jobs by yourself.

What to expect:

  • Confidence
  • CV and cover letter writing
  • Job search
  • Interview skills
  • Knowledge of the job market
  • Invitations to workshops to build key skills.

Breaking Barriers earned my trust; the team are incredibly patient and informative which helped build my confidence and knowledge of the UK job market. I was provided with various support from Breaking Barriers and now I am currently working at Mayer Brown in my dream job role and looking towards the future.


After a long waiting period as an asylum seeker, I became a refugee. It was fantastic news, but after applying for jobs for a while, I understood that I needed professional help from someone who knows what kind of problems a refugee may face during a job search in the UK. These barriers range from understanding the job market to language barriers to having no UK work experience.

Get support

If you're from a refugee background, or would like to refer someone from a refugee background, send us your details and our team will be happy to help you.

More information

First-hand experiences

First-hand experiences

Michael's story

‘I never wanted to be a burden on others. I am now a writer, a healthcare worker and a support worker who mentors people.’

First-hand experiences

Murat and Sarah's story

How Murat excelled in his placement at Western Union, even though his manager was based in the USA

First-hand experiences

Awais' story

Gradually, I built enough confidence to speak up more, take extra responsibility and greater risks.